The New York Times says the flu is the worst it’s been in nearly a decade.
Keeping it at bay, and out of your home is important for any new or established family healthy.
It’s hard for kids to keep up with 100% hygiene, but frequent reminders to sanitize can be a key factor in keeping them from getting sick.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends these top 3 habits:
- Keep close contact with friends and family to a minimum, or cut it out completely. Keeping away from people seems crummy, but when you’re dealing with influenza it can be really important.
- If you do need to go out, cover your mouth and nose. It may not be on the fashion runway, but wearing a surgical mask can keep the germs out (or in, if you’re already sick).
- The obvious: wash your hands with antimicrobial soap. We often hear that we should wash our hands with antibacterial soap, but antibacterial prevents the growth of bacteria. Antimicrobial soap prevents the spread of not only bacteria, but also fungi and some viruses. The difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial can make a huge difference during this season of sick. The flu can live on hard surfaces for 24 hours. So, wash wash wash! You can buy antimicrobial soap almost anywhere. But here’s a link for Dial sensitive skin! If soap and water are not available, any alcohol based sanitizer will do.
No one wants the flu. What will you do to prevent it happening this year?
If you’re concerned your newborn has the flu, don’t wait for it to go away. Make an appointment or see an urgent care.
Written by: Madison Lawrence, Lead Doula of Stars and Stripes Doulas of Kansas